Richard as in Branson, that is.
With no previous announcements, publicity etc, Virgin Atlantic have a new 787-9 en its way to Heathrow as I write.
The new aircraft, reg G-VBOW, Call sign GVSKP is currently mid-Atlantic on a delivery flight from the Boeing factory in Charleston. ETA is more or less around 12:00. Sneaky!
The good news is that the runway in use will be 27L so I won't be stood a mile away, looking for it on the "wrong" runway.
Also a couple of other…Continue
Added by Kelvin Davies on March 31, 2017 at 9:10 — No Comments
After what seemed a life time of bad weather, I decided yesterday would be a good time to go to Heathrow. Nice sunshine with a bit of cloud later on. Ideal!
Not only that, there was the prospect of 3 new aircraft. New enough that the paint was hardly dry on them.
Saudi Arabian had a new B777, HZ-AK41, delivered 21st March.
Qatar were sending a new A350, A7-ALN, delivered February.
Kuwait had a new B777, delivered 10th March scheduled too.
Added by Kelvin Davies on March 29, 2017 at 8:01 — No Comments
It came as a surprise to me at Heathrow yesterday to discover Air Canada has recently adopted a new livery.
Personally, I think it is an improvement over the current "wishy washy" duck egg blue (or whatever it is called!).
Get a sneak preview here:Continue
It is rumoured that Emirates will be flying a brand new A384into Dublin on March 26th.
Apparently, A380 A6-EUQ will be flown direct from the factory at Finkenwerder to Dublin as part of some sort of flag waving trip. It is intersting to note this aircraft will be one of the first of the Emirates A380 with Rolls Royce engines.
Assume that being a publicity thing, it will be arriving at a nice hour and let's hope the sun shines on that day for you Mick!
Added by Kelvin Davies on March 5, 2017 at 10:30 — No Comments
Yesterday, I had a bright idea; I thought I would try photographing aircraft at night.
So, I picked a location off the departure end of Heathrow's Rwy 27L.
I then checked on what sort of "heavy" aircraft would be departing and off I set. I had already accepted this was only an experiment so I shouldn't be disappointed if it didn't all go swimmingly.
After an hour, I decided to give up and go home. Reflecting afterwards on what went wrong I concluded I made a couple of…Continue
In the news yesterday and today (Oh, and in the Liverpool Echo a week ago) is an article telling of a huge sinkhole suddenly opening up in the new dock (Liverpool 2).
According to the reports, a hole has appeared in the dock wall and has been sealed off.
A civil engineer Prof from Liverpool University has said he believes the construction did not use enough piles. And he warns that simply plugging the hole may cause further collapses.
Some minutes ago, an Air Afrique A320 was hijacked over Libya and flown to Malta.
Use Planefinder Playback for this morning to follow the flight. Set the playback time to 09:55 to see the aircraft squawking 7500 (hijack).
The aircraft is flight AW209, reg 5A-ONB
As a result of the bad weather around the UK, the ferry from Rosslare (Ireland) to Fishguard (Wales), Stena Europe has been stuck in the Irish Sea since leaving Rosslare yesterday.
The ferry left Rosslare at 09:00 yesterday and headed for Fishguard but when a few miles north of Fishguard they abandoned the approach to the port as they were unable to berth, due to the bad weather. So, off they went for a detour within Cardigan Bay, returning for a second attempt 3 hours later. From…Continue
Earlier this morning a Metroliner took off from Luqa, Malta with 5 people aboard, heading for Musrata in Libya and crashed almost immediately after take off. All 5 persons on board are reported to have been killed.
Added by Kelvin Davies on October 24, 2016 at 9:21 — No Comments
For anybody in the London area, the Japanese training destroyer Kashima is due in London tomorrow, 31st July.
Tower Bridge is opening at 13:00 to allow the vessel into London. She will be staying in London until Wednesday.
Seen here in Portsmouth in 2008: http://my.pinkfroot.com/photo/kashima-2
Added by Kelvin Davies on July 30, 2016 at 21:29 — No Comments
Well, yesterday (5th June), I thought I would give it a go. The weather forecast for Gatwick was showing cloud in the early part of the morning (shame really, as I had got out of bed at 04:45 for an early start). As a possible alternative, Heathrow's weather was marginally better but arrivals/departures were on Easterlies, not bad for arrivals but nothing doing for departures. There was a chance to catch a Finnair A350 (only seen 2 so far) and the Icelandair flight was to be a B767. Other…Continue
I am currently watching Jet2 B737 G-CELJ letting down over the River Mersey, for a landing at Liverpool.
The flight originated at Leeds Bradford.
This aircraft is often seen at Manchester but never Liverpool.
Anyone got any idea of what that is all about?
It's a shame the wind is in the wrong direction as I am currently right across the river from Liverpool and underneath the approach when the wind is the "wrong way". Otherwise, I would have been able to get a…Continue
Did you know, American Airlines is running a daily B787 from Chicago to Manchester from June to October this year?
Inbound flight is AA54, arriving 11:25 and the outbound, AA55 departs at 13:15.
Make a nice change from the B767!
For the real die hard spotters, there is an Antonov AN-124 heading toward Heathrow. This is coming to collect a spare engine and associated bits for the BA A380 stranded in Miami after an engine connected with an air bridge at MIA. Currently over Russia and heading in the general direction of Minsk, the plane, RA-82044, is scheduled to arrive at LHR as flight VDA1901 tomorrow evening at 18:05. How considerate! Arriving in the dark!
Showing now on Planefinder
It appears Planefinder has been updated with new fonts, better & sharper icons etc.
And it looks quite good!
Brilliant! Well done the Planefinder team!
On New Year's Eve, British Airways undertook an attempt to reach the moon with a B787-9, G-ZBKB.
Unfortunately it didn't all go to plan and the attempt to get to the moon was abandoned with the aircraft flying on to Abu Dhabi instead.
See it here:Continue
Added by Kelvin Davies on January 2, 2016 at 21:58 — No Comments
I just watched Lufthansa 415, Frankfurt to Cancun, make a U turn while passing over London.
The plane then headed toward Calais and I assumed it was returning to Frankfurt. Wrong! Over the Straits of Dover, it made yet another U turn and appeared to be heading toward London to rejoin its original track.
Wrong again! It has now made a large circle over Sussex & Kent and is once again over the Channel.
It isn't squawking any emergency code and has maintained altitude…Continue
Just reported on BBC raio; the US flagged vehicle carrier, Courage (IMO 8919922) has suffered a fire while on passage to Southampton.
Firefighters have been winched on board although it seems the crew may have already dealt with the fire.
Ship is currently at the Nab anchorage:Continue
Added by Kelvin Davies on June 3, 2015 at 15:10 — No Comments
Spotting at Heathrow can be both very rewarding and very disappointing at the same time!
A couple of days ago, I had noticed United had a B747 arriving early in the morning. Also, a couple of South African Airways flights were due in and I had not seen these before, along with a Kenya Airways flight.
So, out of bed at 04:30 and headed off to Heathrow, arriving just after 06:00. The sun was in the wrong place, mainly behind the arriving aircraft but I was prepared to accept…Continue
The windy weather we are currently seeing in Europe has had an effect on some flight times at Heathrow.
Most trans-Atlantic flights have been arriving early, generally around 45 minutes early.
However, United flight UA110 from Newark was today's clear winner.
It was scheduled to arrive at 06:45 but actually landed at 05:13. 92 minutes ahead of schedule!
Add to that the fact it was 12 minutes late getting off the ground at Newark and the flight managed to save 104…Continue